Lupita Nyong'o is also a children's book author and now her bestseller Sulwe is going to be made into an animated musical by Netflix.
The Mexico-born, Kenya-raised star, 37, said Thursday she is 'thrilled' about the project and hopes it will 'inspire children all around the world to celebrate their uniqueness.'
Sulwe, published in October 2019, tells the story of a young girl whose skin color is darker than anyone else she knows.
One night, she is visited by a shooting star and goes on a journey to learn about the sisters Night and Day. Sulwe learns that true beauty comes from within.
'The story of Sulwe is one that is very close to my heart,' Nyong’o said in a statement.
'Growing up, I was uncomfortable in my dark skin. I rarely saw anyone who looked like me in the aspirational pages of books and magazines, or even on TV. It was a long journey for me to arrive at self-love.'
She explained: 'Sulwe is a mirror for dark-skinned children to see themselves, a window for those who may not be familiar with colorism, to have understanding and empathy, and an invitation for all who feel different and unseen to recognize their innate beauty and value.'
Nyongo's is producing the adaptation but no other details about the planned animated musical have been released.